Recovery and Ruins in Huanchaco, Peru
May23

Recovery and Ruins in Huanchaco, Peru

Northern Peru weren’t exactly kind to me.  In Mancora, I picked up a nasty stomach bug from a hamburger.  So rather than spending the 3 days there surfing, eating ceviche, and laying around on the beach, I spent it on the toilet, and letting anti-biotics wage war in my body.  So, by the time I got to Huanchaco I was feeling really itchy to go out and take some pictures, and explore a little bit. I’ve been to Huanchaco about 6 or 7 times before.  It was a stop on the tours I used to lead in South America. But, like so many places in this part of the world, I never really photographed it properly.  Thus, I was pretty stoked for the opportunity to wander around town, along the beach and into the Chan Chan Ruins to take some images.  This is what I got up to. The Chan Chan Ruins I used to lead tours through these ruins, and have always thought they were underrated.  I think one of the reasons the Chan Chan Ruins are pretty under-visited is because they really aren’t that photogenic. That said, they are one of the most important pre-Incan ruins in all of Peru. They are also absolutely massive.  The Chan Chan Ruins are the largest adobe city in history.  And, I think the most impressive part of it all is that they sit just a couple hundred feet from the ocean.  The scale of these ruins is incredible.  How amazing would it have been to see this sand city when it was still being lived in by tens of thousands of people? Caballitos de Totora One of my favourite things in Huanchaco is that the fisherman ride canoes made out of reeds.  The caballitos de totora, or reed horses, are very iconic in this part of Peru.  Nowadays, of course, lots of the fisherman simply wait on the beach for tourists to come by and offer them photos and rides for a small fee.  However, some still do use the boats to fish.  In fact, sometimes you can even catch the fisherman surfing the waves. Portraits on the Beach I keep mentioning that my goal for the year is to take more portaits.  So, I took an afternoon along the beach and out onto the pier in Huanchaco to attempt some portraits.  I even dragged one cactus flash and used my 3 Legged Thing Tripod as a flash stand.  Most of the locals were really good in letting me take their photo.  In fact, none of them turned me down at all.  What a difference to the highlands and Andes...

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Great Success! Photos from our Peru Photography Tour and Workshop
May20

Great Success! Photos from our Peru Photography Tour and Workshop

Well, I can’t really believe how quickly that went. I suppose, in comparison to the 56 day tours I used to lead in South America, 14 days is a blink of the eye. But, it still seemed to whip through really quickly. Every day I kept waking up and thinking, “damn, it’s already day 6!”. I really couldn’t be happier with how the tour went. Yes, we had some issues to deal with like any trip; there was a railroad strike, and massive waves washed out our Ballestas Islands trip, for example. But, in general, everything went really smoothly. And, of course, there were some amazing photos to be had in this wonderfully photogenic country. To give you a bit of an overview of what went down on this photography tour of Peru, I put together a bit of video during the trip to show some of the places we saw and shot. Check it out. I’ve also got a bit of a rundown on things below. The Participants It’s funny, but I think the question I get asked the most often is about the group. How old are they? What’s they’re skill level? Where are they from? I know, people are interested because they want to see if they fit in a photography tour. Well, the good news is that no matter your background, you’ll find a place in the group. My group had 9 participants: 4 Canadians, 4 Americans, and 1 Mexican. They were ages 26 all the way to mid-70s. Moreover, their skill levels in photography ranged from extremely talented long-time shooters to people still trying to figure out their cameras. We also had some hobbyists using high-end point and shoot cameras. So, no, you don’t need a DSLR to enjoy photography. Really, the group was amazing. They all enjoyed a bit of adventure, were open to learning photography skills, and by the end of the trip I think we kind of melded into on big strange family of photographers. More Upcoming Photography Tours in Peru? YES! I’m running a 14-day tour of Peru and Bolivia in July. I know it’s short notice, but there’s still loads of time to join in on the adventure. This trip will start in Cusco, Peru and finish in La Paz, Bolivia. It will feature Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Potosi, and the amazing Salar de Uyuni. If you’re interested in joining that trip, the details can be found here:  https://adventure.com/trips/photography-tour-workshop-peru-bolivia/ Beyond this year, the current plan is to return to Peru every 2 years to run a trip or two.  So, if you missed out on these...

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Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure
Apr08

Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that I’m now booking a second photo tour in South America in 2015! Since the booking for the first workshop – which is taking place in Peru, May 2015 – has been so successful, we decided to add another date to accommodate the people that couldn’t make the first trip’s dates.  Specifically, we had in mind the many teachers who let us know that they could only come in the summer months.  Well, here’s your chance. Get all the booking info here. A Bolivian Twist This tour, which will run starting July 13th in Cusco, Peru will not be the exact same workshop as the previous, however, as well be adding a Bolivian twist to it all. The tour will commence in Cusco, Peru where we will visit famous Peruvian sites like Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.  From there, we will work into Bolivia and experience some incredible places such as the Uyuni Salt Flats, the Potosi Mines, and the great city of La Paz. All of the places we visit on this trip are tremendously photogenic, and we’re going to have a blast.  I hope you join us! Dates and Prices Start Date: July 13, 2015 in Cusco, Peru End Date: July 26, 2015 in La Paz, Peru Cost Per Person: $2,990usd For more information on the itinerary, FAQs, and what’s included in the tour, please head over to the info page for the photo workshop on Adventure.com What’s a Photography Workshop? I can’t speak for all photography workshops, because everyone operates differently.  However, in our workshops the goal is to have a genuine travel experience well not feeling rushed to take our photos, as well being in the right places at the right time for photography.  Moreover, these photo workshops give participants a look into what life is like as a professional travel photographer.   Our workshops also include 1-on-1 time with the professional photographers to discuss things like photo editing, and to do image critiques.  Of course, a big part of a photography tour is also meeting other people who have a passion for photography. So, whether you’re a professional photographer looking to build your portfolio quickly, an amateur photographer thinking about making the jump to pro, or just a hobbyist that doesn’t want to feel rush in the hobby, these trips are for you. More Information If you need some more information from me directly, you can always get a hold of me on my contact page.  So, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a quick...

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Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure
Apr01

Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that I’m now booking a second photo tour in South America in 2015! Since the booking for the first workshop – which is taking place in Peru, May 2015 – has been so successful, we decided to add another date to accommodate the people that couldn’t make the first trip’s dates.  Specifically, we had in mind the many teachers who let us know that they could only come in the summer months.  Well, here’s your chance. Get all the booking info here. A Bolivian Twist This tour, which will run starting July 13th in Cusco, Peru will not be the exact same workshop as the previous, however, as well be adding a Bolivian twist to it all. The tour will commence in Cusco, Peru where we will visit famous Peruvian sites like Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.  From there, we will work into Bolivia and experience some incredible places such as the Uyuni Salt Flats, the Potosi Mines, and the great city of La Paz. All of the places we visit on this trip are tremendously photogenic, and we’re going to have a blast.  I hope you join us! Dates and Prices Start Date: July 13, 2015 in Cusco, Peru End Date: July 26, 2015 in La Paz, Bolivia Cost Per Person: $2,990usd For more information on the itinerary, FAQs, and what’s included in the tour, please head over to the info page for the photo workshop on Adventure.com What’s a Photography Workshop? I can’t speak for all photography workshops, because everyone operates differently.  However, in our workshops the goal is to have a genuine travel experience well not feeling rushed to take our photos, as well being in the right places at the right time for photography.  Moreover, these photo workshops give participants a look into what life is like as a professional travel photographer.   Our workshops also include 1-on-1 time with the professional photographers to discuss things like photo editing, and to do image critiques.  Of course, a big part of a photography tour is also meeting other people who have a passion for photography. So, whether you’re a professional photographer looking to build your portfolio quickly, an amateur photographer thinking about making the jump to pro, or just a hobbyist that doesn’t want to feel rush in the hobby, these trips are for you. More Information If you need some more information from me directly, you can always get a hold of me on my contact page.  So, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a quick...

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Announcement: PERU Photo Tour and Workshop!!!
Nov03

Announcement: PERU Photo Tour and Workshop!!!

I’ve been closely guarding a bit of a secret of late, I suppose.  Over the past couple years, I’ve known that I wanted to start running some photography workshops and tours in different parts of the world.  I ran a really awesome one in Ireland last year, and that only stoked the fire more.  However, I’ve been making excuses for the past little while as to why I haven’t run a new one yet.  Well, the goal for the new year is to get these things running.  We’re starting with PERU!!  I’m pleased to announce that along with the incredibly talented Tiffany Wuest, I’ll be operating a 14 day photography tour in Peru May, 2015. What to Book the Peru Photo Tour? I’ve teamed up with the awesome people at Adventure.com to help me get this thing off the ground.  Thus, if you want to book this workshop with me, head over to their website for the details and to book the trip. If you want more information about the tour, read below, or download the detailed tour itinerary here. Why Peru? Running a Photo tour/workshop just makes perfect sense to me.  When I first left Canada to travel the world, I worked as a tour leader in Peru.  Thus, it makes it easy for me.  It also works well for guests as I’ve been through this part of the world countless times.  I even lived in Peru for a while.  Obviously, from an ease and comfort standpoint, a photo workshop in Peru is something that will be really fun and should be stress-free. From a travel photography standpoint, too, Peru makes so much sense.  By most metrics, Peru is one of the most diverse countries on the entire planet.  There are just so many amazing things to photograph here.  You have wildlife, landscapes, ruins, interesting people, culture, and some beautiful nature wrapped all together into on stunning country. What is a Photo Tour/Workshop? Imagine your typical small group tour of a country.  Now, imagine that the focus of the trip was to take amazing photos well also experiencing the local culture.  That’s basically it.  We’re going to take you to some of the most amazingly photogenic locations in the country and make sure you get some incredible images.  Moreover, Tiffany and I will be offering tutorials, photo tips, one-on-one sessions, and constant help to photographers along the way.  Essentially, we’re going to take you to some incredible locations and show you how professional photographers work out in the field.  By the end of it, you’ll feel like a pro and come away with some stunning work of your own. What...

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